What not to do when writing a synopsis

A really useful summary of synopsis contents from Charmedward. It’s also worth checking out her guest post on Submissions at http://ryanlanz.com/2015/08/02/what-not-to-do-when-sending-off-your-manuscript/


In a continuation of my “What not to do when writing” series, I’ve got here a quick guide on things that I’ve seen people do in their synopses. Read it, learn it, never do it.


  • Don’t forget to mention your genre. If you’re sending your manuscript to a publisher who only deals with one genre, I would still mention it. Reassure the reader that you’ve sent your work to the right place.
  • Avoid technical jargon and if you can’t, make sure to explain it. A synopsis is an explanation, don’t confuse us even more.
  • If you go more than a paragraph without mentioning a character’s name, you’ve probably focused on the wrong thing. Realistically, every sentence should mention a character.If you manage to write the entire synopsis without naming your main character/s then you’ve DEFINITELY done wrong. (This really happened.)
  • Please use full sentences…

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